Foods that are suitable for kittens range from kitten milk to dry food, depending on the kitten's age. Newborn kittens have a need of milk until they are at least 3 to 4 weeks old. This milk can be the mother cat's milk or commercially prepared cat milk substitute such as KMR, which you feed using sterile eyedroppers or kitten-sized bottles or. At around 3 weeks of age, you can start kittens on a commercially ready weaning food or canned, moist kitten food. Kittens will be cutting teeth but will not be able to handle dry food at this phase.
You can start 4-week-old kittens on moistened dry kitten food. Kitten food is necessary because it is specifically formulated with the extra calories and protein kittens need. Kittens grow extremely fast and necessitate a lot of calories and nutrition to grow normally.
Slowly, but steadily start the kitten on dry food. You should still feed a kitten her/his regular moistened food but leave a bowl of dry kitten food and out for her/him. Older kittens should remain on dry kitten food, supplemented with canned kitten food, until they are a year old.
A kitten still on milk needs 7 to 10 cc total of milk formula each day, for every ounce she/he weighs. Consequently, if your kitten weighs 6 oz., she/he will need about 50 to 60 cc of kitten milk per day--fed at intervals all through the day--not all at once! This may differ slightly depending on the brand of kitten formula you use--the precise amounts to feed per weight will be in the instructions on the container.
A well-nourished, vigorous kitten has a soft, healthy coat, clear eyes, pink gums and good muscle tone. In addition, kittens should be playful, and grow steadily in size and weight. If a kitten does not seem to be gaining weight, you should take him/her to a veterinarian for a checkup.
If your kitten has diarrhea, you may be overfeeding him/her. Try cutting back a little on the amount of food to see if that helps. If it does not help, he/she may need probiotics or he/she may have something else wrong going on and will need to visit a veterinarian.
Kittens that abruptly stop gaining weight or have complicatedness eating may have a serious illness.
A kitten's digestive system is extremely sensitive. Whenever you switch foods, do so step by step to give the kitten's digestion time to regulate. In addition, avoid feeding people food or cow’s milk to kittens. Foods we eat may be way too rich for kittens, and cow milk will upset a kitten's digestion.
When bottle feeding newborn kittens, feed only tiny amounts at a time and do not place the kittens on their back to feed them because they can inhale milk into their lungs.
Do not feed cold kitten milk to kittens because it will chill them. Warm it to room temperature first.